How to Recover Your Health After Being Bitten by a Dog

How to Recover Your Health After Being Bitten by a Dog

How to Recover Your Health After Being Bitten by a Dog

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Your friend had invited you to visit them over the weekend, and since it’s been so long since you last saw each other, you accepted their invitation. But while you’re making yourself at home in your friend’s living room couch, their dog suddenly ran towards you and bit you. Your friend then rushed you to the nearest hospital where your dog bite injuries received adequate medical treatment. Barring any complications, you can recover your health after being bitten by a dog by doing the following:

  1. Attend all of your physical and occupational therapy appointments.

Your friend’s dog may have bitten your leg, arm, or hand which then left you paralyzed.

  • If you’re not feeling anything from your waist down, you’ll have to undergo physical therapy. Your PT would ask you to do some exercises to restore your mobility.
  • You’ll also have to undergo occupational therapy wherein you’ll be asked to try doing basic day-to-day activities that require the use of your hands with the help of a therapist assigned to you.
  1. Consider undergoing plastic surgery if the injuries that you sustained after getting bit by a dog had extremely deformed your face.

Instead of your leg, arm, or hand, your friend’s dog may have bitten your face. Thankfully, your facial dog bite injuries don’t hurt as much anymore. However, those same injuries had left your face severely disfigured as a result.

  • Once your facial dog bite injuries have fully healed, you can sign up for plastic surgery and bring your face back to normal.
  • After your surgeon had successfully reconstructed your face, they may ask you to apply topical antibiotic creams to reduce the risk of infection after the plastic surgery performed on you and limit your facial movement until your stitches have closed themselves shut.

  1. Seek counsel from a psychiatrist.

Aside from the dog bite injuries that you sustained, you may have suffered from mental trauma as well that you’ve gotten intensely scared at the mere sight of any dog. Going to a psychiatrist can help you address the mental trauma caused by your dog bite injuries head-on and eventually conquer your fear of dogs. Treatments may range from cognitive behavioral therapy to self-hypnosis depending on the extent of your dog bite-related mental trauma.

  1. File a compensation claim against the dog owner’s insurance provider.

Worrying about your mounting medical and hospital bills can slow your recovery from your dog bite injuries down.

  • You can heal your financial injuries as well by making a compensation claim against the insurance provider of the owner of the dog that bit you.
  • You’ll want the help of a lawyer though when filing your claim so that you can earn a compensation amount that’s enough to pay for all the costs that you’ve incurred as a result of your dog bite injuries.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than four million people get bitten by dogs in the United States. Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. But no matter how much some owners of dogs treat them as if they’re human, even the tamest dog can bite you, most especially if they find themselves in stressful situations. If you’ve survived being bitten by a dog, you should start doing the above-listed tips on how to recover your health and call a lawyer to discuss any legal options that you can take against the owner of the dog that bit you whether it be your friend from the scenario earlier or somebody else.

Danny White

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